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Weirton utilities projects progressing

WEIRTON — Proposed expansion projects for Weirton’s water and sanitary services are close to taking the next step.

During recent meetings of the city’s water and sanitary boards, it was reported preliminary engineering reports for both projects had been submitted to the state Infrastructure Council for review.

On the sanitary side, Jonathan Carpenter, of Thasher Engineering, explained they had received comments from both the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Public Service Commission.

“The concern from the PSC was in having existing customers pay for growth,” Carpenter said.

Currently, the Weirton wastewater treatment plant supports 4 million gallons per day of sewer treatment services for the community and some surrounding areas. The proposal had been to expand the plant to provide a 12 MGD treatment capacity.

Carpenter suggested altering plans to only double to treatment capacity, to 8 MGD, still building two new treatment tanks, but only equipping one for use at this time.

“We’re still planning ahead for growth,” Carpenter said, noting they would be able to put some of it off until a later time.

For the water project, Carpenter said comments were received from the state Health Department and the PSC.

“They had some technical comments,” he said, noting it would constitute minor revisions not needing to change the scale of the project.

The water treatment plant also currently is a 4 MGD plant, with the proposal to expand it to a 8 MGD capacity, also.

Presenting the updated proposals now, Carpenter said, would allow them to go before the full council in March, and, if approved, be ready to begin the design stage in either March or April. That, he said, should take between six and eight months.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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